Floyd County has administered 117 COVID-19 tests; comparably, a low 0.85% of the tests have come back positive

To many, COVID-19 has been in Floyd County for months. So the county announcing its first confirmed case of the virus, is somewhat unnecessary proof of what some thought all along. Gail Arjes of Floyd County Public Health joined the morning show to talk about the development.


A huge complaint the area has had with lack of cases, is the belief that nobody is being tested at all. This isn’t true, as according to, 117 COVID-19 tests have been administered as of April 29th. And only 1 of these has been confirmed as the virus. Meaning 0.85% of the time Floyd County administers a test, it comes back positive.

At the start of the week that number held strong at 0% – and comparing these numbers to the top 25 most highly populated counties in Iowa, Floyd County’s ‘hit rate’ is the lowest. The 2nd lowest being Webster County which has 5 confirmed cases and has tested 569 locals – notching them a 0.87% ‘hit rate’. 

The argument can be made, if 0.85% of tests are coming back negative, then there are other counties in which the tests would be more useful in.

Here are the numbers from Northern Iowa:


Cerro Gordo County Population: 42,984 Cases: 14 Tested: 770 ‘Hit Rate’: 1.818181818%


Floyd County Population: 15,858 Cases: 1 Tested: 117 ‘Hit Rate’: 0.8547008547%


Chickasaw County Population: 12,099 Cases: 5 Tested: 131 ‘Hit Rate’: 3.816793893%


Mitchell County Population: 10,631 Cases: 2 Tested: 108 ‘Hit Rate’: 1.851851852%


Arjes tells Floyd County to keep up the social distancing efforts and the spread can be drastically minimized.


Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.
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